Visit the UK’s leading indoor agricultural event, with eleven packed halls of the very latest in agricultural machinery and equipment. Now at the NEC, Birmingham this is free to attend and free to park.
Ed Middleton, 26, is self-employed and runs a pedigree herd of Lincoln Red and Limousin cattle alongside a flock of pedigree Charollais sheep. He is also country vice chairman of Lincolnshire Young Farmers Club.
Flea beetle season began slowly; I actually thought early in August that perhaps this year we would have it easy, as the early-drilled oilseed rape went in and started to emerge and little damage was found.
Since I last wrote we have finished drilling oilseed rape, having not wanted to drill too much at any one time for fear of dry soil conditions delaying emergence or high flea beetle pressure hitting when the crop was still at the cotyledon stage.
Emotive stories from NFU council about the impact of this summer’s drought are a reminder, if one was needed, that many farmers will face a tougher winter than usual because of a lack of forage and bedding.
The Southesk 2018 harvest came to an end on September 14th, 10 days earlier than normal having delivered unexpected highs and, unfortunately, predicted lows in terms of drought related crop performance.
As we head full swing in to autumn, Liz Earle, TV personality, organic farmer and Liz Earle Wellbeing founder, talks to us about the benefits of seasonal produce and offers up a warming and tasty caramelised apple and walnut lattice recipe.
Given the past difficulties I have had in communicating with Jeremy Corbyn’s team and at least one ex-Shadow Defra Secretary, my expectations of how the Labour Party conference would go were not too high when I jumped on the train to Liverpool this week.